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DILLINGER’S BODY-EXHUMATION

History Channel drops out of planned Dillinger documentary

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The History Channel has dropped out of a planned documentary on John Dillinger that would have included the proposed exhumation of the 1930s gangster’s Indianapolis gravesite.

A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman says The History Channel is no longer involved in the Dillinger documentary.

Silberman says network officials won’t comment on why it has withdrawn from the project.

The planned exhumation of Dillinger’s grave has become the subject of a lawsuit. Crown Hill Cemetery officials objected to the exhumation, prompting Dillinger’s nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to sue the cemetery.

Thompson is one of two Dillinger relatives who obtained a state permit to exhume the gravesite, saying they have evidence that Dillinger’s body may not be buried there.

An Oct. 1 hearing is scheduled in the exhumation lawsuit.

ELECTION 2020-DEBATE

Democratic debate: Top 2020 contenders finally on same stage

HOUSTON (AP) — The top Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday in Houston as Joe Biden tries to solidify his early lead over Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg will look to reclaim some lost momentum.

The ABC News debate has 10 candidates altogether and will air on a broadcast network with a post-Labor Day uptick in interest in the race. That could give candidates their largest audience yet as the campaigning heads into the fall.

It’s also the first time Warren and Biden will appear on the same stage.

But the campaigns say that doesn’t necessarily mean the three-hour debate will end up being a direct clash between the progressive Massachusetts senator and the more centrist former vice president.

ARMORED TRUCK ROBBERY

Chicago man pleads guilty to Indiana armored truck robbery

(Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com)

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty in an armored truck robbery in northwestern Indiana that netted several suspects more than $600,000 in cash.

Thirty-year-old Akeem Jackson pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Hammond to robbery and armed robbery.

Federal prosecutors say Jackson, who’s a former Brinks armored truck driver, will face at least five years in prison and a maximum penalty exceeding 20 years when he’s sentenced.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Jackson acknowledged on Monday that he and four other men took part in the April 2018 robbery of a Brinks armored truck outside a Hammond bank branch.

He told the court the other men approached him to join them because he was a former Brinks driver and familiar with the armored truck company’s procedures.

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FORT WAYNE-EXPLOSION

Explosion rocks Fort Wayne business, no injuries reported

(Information from: WANE-TV, http://www.wane.com/)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A high-pressure water tank has exploded inside a northeastern Indiana business, blowing a large hole in the business’ roof but causing no injuries.

Firefighters were called to Biodyne USA, a biochemical supplier, about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after employees at a neighboring business on Fort Wayne’s south side noticed debris on their lawn.

Allen County Fire District Chief Don Patnoude tells WANE-TV that a high-pressure water tank inside Biodyne USA exploded, blowing off a portion of the roof and crumpling a garage door on the building. The blast also sent debris toward an adjacent business.

Officials say no one was inside the building at the time of the explosion, no one was hurt and the building never caught fire.

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MILITARY MONUMENT RESTORATION

Indiana county could boost military monument’s restoration

(Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana county could soon be kicking in some money toward restoring a 35-foot-tall limestone military memorial on the courthouse grounds.

The memorial built in 1928 outside the Monroe County Courthouse in downtown Bloomington has become badly pitted and worn away.

County veterans’ service officer Mary Elftman tells The Herald-Times that fundraising has stalled, with about $10,000 donated toward the estimated $208,000 restoration project. Elftman says it is fabulous that the county commissioners plan including the restoration in a $5 million bond issue for several projects.

The monument is named for Civil War Capt. William M. Alexander of Bloomington but has an inscription that reads “To the soldiers of all wars.” It has four panels commemorating the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and the Mexican War.

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GRAIN PLANT DEATH

Indiana man dies from shock at Kansas grain bin

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating the death of an Indiana man at a northeast Kansas grain processing plant.

The Atchison Globe reports that Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie says 26-year-old Angel Silas-Deleon, of Logansport, Indiana, died from an electrical shock Friday at the CargillAg plant in the Cummings area.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the death.

Laurie said Silas-Deleon was working on a grain bin with a contractor crew from CCSGroup of Seward, Nebraska. The company said another employee is recovering from injuries suffered by the shock.

That employee’s name and condition were not released Tuesday.

Laurie said the shock is considered accidental.

INDIANA FAMILY KILLED-LAWSUIT

Judge revives ex-Indiana trooper’s suit over murder trials

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based appeals court has revived a federal lawsuit brought against investigators by a former Indiana State Police trooper convicted twice but later acquitted of killing his wife and two young children.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that David Camm, who spent 13 years in prison, could pursue damages for some of his constitutional claims, including that officials suppressed evidence that a forensics investigator wasn’t qualified.

A lower court tossed the lawsuit last year , finding Camm’s $30 million case hadn’t offered adequate proof for any claims. The 7th Circuit concurred with some of the lower court’s findings.

Jurors acquitted Camm in 2013 in the 2000 shooting deaths of 35-year-old Kim Camm, 7-year-old Brad and 5-year-old Jill. They were killed at their Georgetown home in southern Indiana.

ROBOCALLS-POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Montana law that restricts automated telephone calls about political campaigns violates the First Amendment’s free-speech protections.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that so-called robocalls can’t be regulated based on the content of their messages.

The ruling that strikes down the 1991 Montana law barring political robocalls also applies to the eight other Western states within the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction.

The judges say the court has previously upheld state laws that regulate robocalls, such as those that aim to protect consumers from scams.

But they say restricting a robocall based on its content is a different matter. The opinion written by Judge Richard Paez says “prohibiting political robocalls strikes at the heart of the First Amendment.”

Associated Press

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